Jose Luis is the co-pastor of “Jesus es la Puerta” (Jesus is the Door) Baptist Church in the town of Mallaritos, just outside of Sullana. He also helps to lead different sections of the theological education by extension in several different locations.
A major portion of our ministry in the local church consists of counseling, teaching, and praying with the married couples and families. On several occasions this past month, we took advantage of Saturdays to expound God’s Word with regard to the topic of raising children in light of the gospel. During these times of teaching there were many visitors, the majority of whom were women.
In our culture it is commonly accepted by men that the raising, teaching, and disciplining of children is the work of the woman, and that it is not the man’s responsibility. However, the Scriptures teach that it is the role of the father to lead the home, and that it is as much his responsibility to raise and discipline the children as it is the mother’s. The man is not to flee or shrink back from this responsibility. The family is a vital part of a healthy local church, since it is in the home that the children are most to be instructed with regard to sin, God’s righteousness, love, and holiness, true worship, and the gospel.
Other churches around us have heard about the teaching that we have been carrying out with regard to this subject, and they are now asking that we help them by giving the same teachings in their churches. To God be the glory! There are now two churches asking us to hold a conference on the biblical family. We will be teaching on marriage and the importance of the gospel in family life.
Meanwhile, we are continuing to preach the gospel in public places. We emphasize that man is dead in his sins, and that the wisdom of God has been revealed by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die and rise again on the third day in order to reconcile man and God. All this is done in the open air outside of our church building. We hold special series of evangelistic efforts three consecutive days, preaching and speaking with people in the streets. Also, I greatly rejoice, not only in preaching Christ in evangelism, but also because this month, after praying for and exhorting a brother in the faith, he has returned to the flock in repentance. He has a humble desire to be restored for the glory of God.
I want to give my life in gratitude to the One whom I serve. I also thank the brothers that support us spiritually and economically. Grace and peace in the life of each of you.
As a church we have once again begun the Biblical Ministry School (BMS). We are beginning the Bible courses by working through the great confessions of faith throughout the history of the Church. Currently there are fifteen brothers in the classes who are seeking to prepare for the ministry. Our hope is that this school will deepen and strengthen the convictions of future leaders of the local church. Every Monday we are meeting to study for two and half hours. On the other days of the week we are busy visiting the believers in their homes and carrying out individual discipleship.
This month we also went to visit and encourage a church in the town of Santa Cruz, which is where the late Pastor Angel Colmenares was raised. This church is very small and they have asked our church to come alongside and help them in evangelism from house to house, and also to help teach them biblical doctrine. We will continue serving these brothers and sisters out of love for God and His Gospel that has been entrusted to us. Please pray for Pastor Miguel and Brother Andy, who are serving as leaders of the church in Santa Cruz.
Earlier this month, we also held a dinner on a Saturday night in the church in which we invited many friends and neighbors with the intention of sharing the gospel with them. There were many people in attendance and they all heard the Word of God preached. Many of them promised to return again. While only a few of those who said they would return have actually come, we give thanks to God for those who do continue to come faithfully to the church meetings. We are praying for their salvation, and asking that God would open their eyes to see the wonders of His Word.